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England faces regional COVID-19 restrictions despite lawmaker rebellion

01 Dec 2020

LONDON Parliament approved a system of regional COVID-19 restrictions for England on Tuesday despite a rebellion within Prime Minister Boris Johnson's own party which underlined growing unhappiness at his handling of the pandemic.

Scotland's Sturgeon hints at legal move if independence vote blocked

30 Nov 2020

LONDON Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday ramped up her calls for a new Scottish independence referendum, declining to rule out another vote next year and hinting she might go to court for permission to hold one if London tried to block it.

PM Johnson backs minister over bullying report but adviser quits

20 Nov 2020

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday backed one of his most senior ministers after a damning inquiry into allegations that she bullied her staff concluded she had broken rules, including shouting and swearing at them.

Prince William welcomes Princess Diana interview inquiry

18 Nov 2020

LONDON Britain's Prince William has welcomed a new investigation into how the BBC secured a famous 1995 interview with his mother Princess Diana after accusations that she had been tricked into taking part.

Duchess Meghan sought advice from senior royals before writing letter to father

18 Nov 2020

LONDON Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, sought advice from two senior members of the royal family before writing a letter to her father which is at the centre of a privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, court documents show.

British PM defends COVID-19 procurement after "chumocracy" accusations

18 Nov 2020

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his government's handling of the procurement of protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, after a spending watchdog said suppliers with political links had been fast-tracked.

BBC appoints former judge to lead Princess Diana interview inquiry

18 Nov 2020

LONDON, Nov 18 The BBC said on Wednesday it had appointed a former senior judge to head an inquiry into how the broadcaster secured a famous 1995 interview with the late Princess Diana, after accusations from her brother that she had been tricked into taking part.

Thomas Markle not important witness in Meghan's UK court case, judge says

18 Nov 2020

LONDON Thomas Markle does not appear to be an important witness in the London court battle pitting his daughter Meghan, the British royal, against a tabloid newspaper, so he need not give evidence in person, the judge overseeing the case said on Wednesday.

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